Sweet molasses together with Fall favorite spices of cinnamon, ginger, and cloves. After a milk bath, course sugar crystals are sprinkled on top, which gives the surface that crinkle crunchy rustic look. The flavor is amazing and the texture is delightful making Molasses Crinkle Scones perfect for breakfast or a snack.
Great year round, but these delicious scones are a Fall favorite. It’s that wonderful time of year when everyonefills their kitchens with the wonderful aroma of the holidays. Just like a Hallmark movie, people are busy baking fresh bread, cookies, cakes, and scones, of course.
Curl up in a cozy corner with a hot drink and a warm scone slathered in butter. Sounds like heaven to me.
Are Scones easy to make?
Yes, although, having said that, there are some things you should know first.
The first rule of thumb is to bake them in a hot oven, which gives the outside that crunchy crust. The preheated oven should be set at 425°.
Next, don’t over work the dough. This will make the scone flat and tough. Scones should be crumbly, dense, and lightly sweetened. The molasses in this recipe makes sure it’s sweetened plenty.
Another trick is to use very cold butter, even chilling the scones briefly (20 min.) before popping them in the oven.
Making scones from scratch.
In a large bowl, mix all of the dry ingredients together, including the brown sugar. Using either a pastry cutter or 2 knives, cut in the butter until it looks all crumbly.
Here’s a tip I love: you can also freeze the butter briefly; long enough that you can grate the butter. This way, you only need to stir the butter into the dry ingredients.
In a separate bowl, mix the wet ingredients together, then add them to the dry ingredients. Stir this just until everything is combined. The flour may not be thoroughly mixed in, but then knead it briefly on a work surface just until the dough looks mixed. Do not over-work the dough.
Shape the dough into an 8-inch circle, then cut into 8 triangles. Place the triangles on a lightly greased baking sheet (or use parchment paper).
Putting crinkles in Molasses Crinkle Scones.
Just like in my Molasses Crinkles cookies, the surface gets little cracks and crevices, which are unofficially called crinkles. I made these scones, because I was inspired by my cookies. All the stuff was out and my kitchen was still a mess, so why not? Only one way to see if the scone crinkles like a cookie.
Brush milk over the tops of the triangles followed by coarse sugar crystals. Regular granulated sugar works great, too. Just sprinkle the sugar on.
So lastly, bake the scones in the preheated oven for about 15 – 18 minutes.
How are scones best served?
Scones are typically served in America with butter, however, other countries serve scones with clotted cream and jam. Without going into it, clotted cream isn’t served in American restaurants.
Best served warm, slice the scone horizontally and slather with butter. Try my Apple Spice Butter, it was delicious on these scones.
Also, scones are a finger food; no fork needed. You got this.
Molasses Crinkle Scones
- 3 cups all-purpose flour
- 1/3 cup brown sugar
- 1 Tbsp. baking powder
- 1 tsp. cinnamon
- 1 tsp. ginger
- 1/2 tsp. baking soda
- 1/2 tsp. ground cloves
- 1/2 tsp. salt
- 1/2 cup butter, cold or briefly frozen
- 2 eggs
- 1/3 cup molasses
- 1/4 cup almond milk, vanilla (any milk will do)
- 1 tsp. vanilla extract
For crinkle topping:
- 2 Tbsp. milk
- 1 tsp. coarse sugar crystals
- Preheat oven to 425°. Prepare baking sheet: either cut parchment paper to size, or lightly grease.
- In large bowl, mix all dry ingredients: flour, brown sugar, baking powder, cinnamon, ginger, baking soda, cloves, and salt.
- Cut in cold butter with pastry cutter or 2 knives until crumbly. Another method is to grate briefly frozen butter, then stir.
- In separate bowl, mix wet ingredients: eggs, molasses, milk, and vanilla.
- Incorporate wet ingredients into dry ingredients, stir just until combined. Do NOT over mix. Place on work surface and knead a few times to fully blend all ingredients.
- Shape dough into 8-inch circle, then cut out 8 triangles.
- Place triangles on prepared baking sheet.
- Brush on milk and sprinkle sugar over tops of triangles.
- Bake for 15 - 18 minutes. Enjoy!
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